What I read in October 2020

I read 16 books in October. Alas, two of the books I said I would read in last month’s post weren’t among them! I had quite a few library books I had to get through before they expired, as well as three blog tours in one week, so naturally those took priority. But November is another month!

The Postscript Murders, Solutions and Other Problems, The Same Ledge, The Snow Fox Diaries

The Postscript Murders, by Elly Griffiths - 4.5*

Solutions and Other Problems, by Allie Brosh - 5*

The Same Ledge, by Daniel James - 4*

The Snow Fox Diaries, by Jan Mazzoni - 4*

The Nesting, Cows Can't Jump, The Killing Kind, The Exiles

The Nesting, by C. J. Cooke - 4.5*

Cows Can’t Jump, by Philip Bowne - 4.5*

The Killing Kind, by John Connolly - 4*

The Exiles, by Christina Baker Kline - 4.5*

Station Eleven, Pine, Paradise Lodge, It Takes Blood and Guts

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel - 4.5*

Pine, by Francine Toon - 4*

Paradise Lodge, by Nina Stibbe - 4*

It Takes Blood and Guts, by Skin with Lucy O’Brien - so interesting to read the stories behind the songs, and how this icon got where she is. 5*

Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops, The Coral Bride, The Lying Life of Adults, Murder under the Microscope

Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops, by Shaun Bythell - 4.5*

The Coral Bride, by Roxanne Bouchard, translated by David Warriner - 4.5*

The Lying Life of Adults, by Elena Ferrante - I actually liked this better than the Neapolitan books, because it focuses on a short period in adolescence rather than taking a broad view of the character’s whole life. 4*

Murder under the Microscope, by Jim Fraser - quite interesting, but I’ve read more engaging books on the subject. 3.5*

Looking ahead…

The Haunting of Alma Fielding, The Searcher The Rain Before It Falls, Crossbones Yard

Maybe if I name four, rather than five books, and include the two I meant to read in October, I’ll have more chance of achieving my goal? Anyway, The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale looks AMAZING and perfect for spooky season, and I always love me a bit of Tana French.

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